Time-waster of the day: April 10, 2012

With Spring Weekend not but ten days away, chances are you’re kicking work mode into high gear for the next week and a half, and locking yourself in the PBR AQR. Because nothing says lame-o like ditching a dance party with your good friend Molly to write that ten-page paper on structural inequality in post-Soviet Russia. #wherethePutinat?

If that is in fact the case and productivity really is your goal, allow me to apologize in advance for the epic distraction I’m about to bestow upon you and this small, snarky corner of the interwebz. Created by the French media studio So Far So Good, Incredibox is a DIY beatboxing application that allows you to create and record personalized jamz by mixing and matching samples from an interactive library. Hooray! Now you no longer need worry about embarrassing yourself and/or accidentally spitting on people in the name of dropping a beat.

Hello procrastination, goodbye productivity.

Here’s the link to the site: INCREDIBOX

Time-waster of the day: April 5, 2012

As tempting as it was to list the Brown Marketplace as time-waster of the day (too soon?), we wanted to reward all you wretched souls who forced yourselves awake at an ungodly hour with a little laughter and good ol’ fashioned tomfoolery. That’s where these two chicks come in. Armed with a rigged Polaroid camera and a predatory eye for unsuspecting bystanders, these lovely ladies (and their accomplices) execute one of the more bizarrely hilarious pranks ever to be captured on second-rate cable TV.

What the…?

Ever had issues figuring out which receptacle to use to dispose of your trash? Ever wondered what the hell “Mixed Containers” actually means? If you’re anything like me (lactose intolerant, of course), chances are you’ve been perplexed by the trash can situation on campus on quite a few occasions.

Lucky for you, the Blue Room has recently installed a visual aid to help you figure out where you should throw out the midterm you bombed Kombucha bottle you’ve been using as a coffee mug. Hooray! We no longer need worry about offending the environmental studies majors!

However, it seems the jury is still out on how to dispose of balloon animals.

Last Call: Amit Jain

As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the Class of 2012 up and leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things the class has been up to. To this end, we are (re)starting a series, Last Call, featuring seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here.

Then + Now

People might know me as… the Badmaash guy. I’ve danced on Badmaash, the South Asian fusion dance team, since freshman year, and I think it’s my most public involvement. It’s also one of the most fun. It keeps me sane and drives me insane. In a good way.

Nabeel’s Question: Who has had the greatest influence on you at Brown? Is it a cop-out to say my friends? I feel like I’m always being inspired by the people around me and constantly learning from them. Not that classes aren’t important — of course they are, and of course I’ve learned a lot with coursework — but I would be an entirely different person if I hadn’t been around such amazing people. Special shout out to my Badmaashies, Learning Exchangers, TWC family, and housemates.

Why’d you decide to join Badmaash? Do you have a favorite move? It’s funny, because when I came to Brown I saw Badmaash and sort of laughed… they were good, but I wasn’t especially interested in South Asian dance. Then I decided to try out spring of freshman year because two of my friends were going and we had practiced together beforehand. Now we’re the co-directors, though I’m still not sure how I got in with my awful audition. My favorite move is hard to express verbally, haha. My favorite style we do is probably bhangra.

What’s the culture like in the group? Do you guys rage or is it more of a community? Do we rage? Yeah, I guess we rage (especially at competitions), but it’s a community more than anything. I hosted a team social last weekend and after everyone left, my housemates were talking about what a close-knit community we are. I guess I take it for granted sometimes, but it’s pretty special. Dancing is so much more fun when you love the people you’re sharing the stage with.

On a Friday night, you might find yourself… at a Badmaash social or going out with my housemates. Or at the GCB. (Or sleeping.) Continue Reading

Time-waster of the day: March 19, 2012

If you thought cat massage was weird, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Though a grown woman teaching adults how to properly satisfy their feline’s tactile desires may seem a bit unorthodox, so too is an opossum that telepathically transmits poetry about applesauce. Meet Georgette and her muse Apple, the power couple behind Proper Opposum Poetry Corner. What is it, you ask? A performance poetry segment involving two drums, a sweater-clad opossum and some cubes of cheese. Apple really steals the show around the 2:30 mark with her incredible drum solo, but, not one to be outdone by an oversized rodent, Georgette soon reclaims the spotlight a minute later.

If you enjoy what you see, remember you can always “write that poem about the opposum in your life” and post it to the comments section of the YouTube page. Does anyone have a pen?

Floats in the Blue Room

It seems BuDS is as passionate about St. Patrick’s Day as the rest of us drunks Irishmen college students. First there were Irish-themed cupcakes in the Ratty and now the Blue Room  has put together a special float station for this oh-so-holy of holidays. Not exactly sure what makes an ice cream float even remotely Irish, but add a shot of Jameson and you’re well on your way to a good time.